Miami Heat star and Chicago native Dwyane Wade has dedicated a special exhibit to victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The exhibit, titled "Parkland 17" in honor of the 17 lives lost, made its debut last weekend at Florida's Art Walk.
The exhibit was originally to be featured for one weekend but will have a second showing this coming week due to popular demand, Calyann Barnett, the exhibit's creative director, tells CNBC Make It.
The art exhibit features a mural of 17-year-old Joaquin Oliver, who was one of the students killed in the shooting. According to family members, Oliver was a longtime Wade fan and was buried wearing his Heat jersey. Upon hearing the news, Wade dedicated the remainder of the Miami Heat's season to the teen.
"Joaquin Oliver was buried in his jersey and [Wade] is from Chicago where gun violence is high," says Barnett. "So he wanted to be able to do something for them and make a difference."
With this exhibit, Wade's team wanted the art to serve as a call to action. The exhibit features gun violence statistics scrawled on the walls along with a "Ring Your Rep" phone booth where people can contact their representatives to demand action on gun control.
By this coming weekend, Barnett hopes to add a booth where passers-by can register to vote. "You have to be politically involved to make a difference," she says. For Barnett, that means speaking to members of Congress and requesting they support stricter gun control if they want to stay in office.
"So yes, we really wanted to remember their lives and get that momentum," says Barnett, "but we also wanted it to be impactful." She points to one of the statistics that was featured in the exhibit: On an average day, 96 Americans are killed by guns.
"Just think of how many parents, teachers, siblings, family members that are affected by this," she says. "What can [you] do to make change?"